Prepping Your Fireplace for Winter

September will soon be over, and that means that the cooler months of fall and the colder months of winter will soon follow. Are you ready for the colder weather? If your home has a fireplace, now is the perfect time to prepare it for the winter months ahead. Here are some useful tips for getting your fireplace ready, so you can be at home with roaring fires all winter long

  • Have your fireplace examined and cleaned by a professional. If your fireplace chimney has built up too much soot, it can catch fire when you use the fireplace. That is why it is necessary to have the chimney cleaned. The professional can also make sure the fireplace itself is ready for use.
  • If you want to change anything pertaining to the design of your fireplace, do it now. Do not wait until the cold weather sets in to make design changes. For example, if you would like to swap out your traditional mantel for something more modern, now is the perfect time. Here at Carved Stone Creations, we have various styles of fireplace mantels that would make a great addition to any home –and we can have the job complete before winter arrives.
  • Make sure your fireplace screen and tools are in good working order. The screen surrounding your fireplace keeps the embers from escaping. Check for holes or worn spots, and have them repaired or replace the entire screen. Make sure your tools, such as the poker and shovel, are free from rust and deterioration, and ready to use.